Manila, Philippines–Despite fear and stress that Philippine cinema icon Cherie Gil had to go through producing and starring in FULL GALLOP, a play based on the life of Diana Vreeland (1903-1989), noted fashion columnist and editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, Gil manages to depict Vreeland as a funny, rapid-fired talker as opposed to being languid and bitchy ala Miranda Priestly in the novel-turned-movie “The Devil Wears Prada.”
Donning a Kabuki hair style and a black Japanese style dress (designed by Rajo Laurel), a tusk necklace adorning her chest, matched with a pair of black pumps (designed by Figlia’s Joey Enriquez), Gil exudes opulence and elegance on press night.
Bart Guingona (“Red,” “Hedda Gabler”), the director of the one-character play, was spot on in casting Gil as the legendary fashion icon Vreeland, which took Guingona about 10 years to convince the actress. FULL GALLOP, written by Mark Hampton and Mary Louise Wilson, premiered Off-Broadway in the mid-90s.
Set in the early 1970s, at Vreeland’s infamous “garden in hell-themed” apartment on Park Avenue, New York, Vreeland has just returned home from Europe–a recent trip she took after being fired from Vogue. FULL GALLOP tackles the inner conflicts of the main character, who has been trying to convince herself that her career is not over yet.
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